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Literary Lunches

The English department hosts a couple of noontime literary discussions per semester. All are welcome and lunch is available for the first 20 attendees.

Fall 2018

Wednesday, September 26, Poetry Center Wright Hall-

Karen V. Kukil (Associate Curator of Special Collections at Young Library) is going to talk about her work editing the recently published Volume 2 of Sylvia Plath's letters.


Link to Publisher


Friday, November 2nd, 12:00-1:00, Seelye 208

We welcome author Shelley Jackson to discuss her latest novel, Riddance.




Thursday, November 8th, 12:00-1:00, Poetry Center, Wright Hall

Please join us on November 8, three days before the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, for lunch and a discussion of literature about, and coming out of, the “Great War." Professors Michael Gorra, Cornelia Pearsall, Michael Thurston, and Lily Gurton-Wachter will discuss authors who were influenced by, and who sought to represent, the disasters of war.



Spring 2019 Literary Lunches


Wednesday, February 27, noon, Wright Hall Poetry Center

Please join us for a conversation with Brooke Hauser, who will talk about her career as a writer and editor. A longtime journalist, Brooke has written for Allure (where she was also a Contributing Editor), Glamour, Marie Claire, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. She is the author of two books: The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens and Enter Helen: The Invention of Helen Gurley Brown and the Rise of the Modern Single Woman. And she is currently the first female editor of the Daily Hampshire Gazette. Brooke will talk about writing and interviewing for magazines, working with the Smith archives for her book on Helen Gurley Brown, and the importance of a community newspaper. 





Wednesday, April 17, noon, CC 103-104

Topic TBD


Professors in the News


WHMP Interview


http://smitheng.podomatic. com/entry/2015-10-30T12_48_12- 07_00